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BEyond (an initiative of Pulse Foundation)

E-mail
beyond@pulsefoundation.be
Phone
+32 2 740 43 04
Address
Witte Patersstraat 4 rue des Pères Blancs – 1040 Brussels
VAT
BE0845697369





Frequently Asked Questions

Scale-ups

Who are the inspirators of BEyond?

On the initiative of Pulse Foundation, 6 actors supporting the Belgian economy (Agoria, Sirris, imec, EY, DataScouts and Universem) take the challenge of helping Belgium’s most promising scale-ups become world players in their sector. Pulse Foundation was able to launch BEyond with the financial support of the fonds Baillet-Latour.

Pulse Foundation is a philanthropic initiative of entrepreneurial families in Belgium who, in order to ensure the sustainability of our wealth, decided to set up a foundation to encourage and support entrepreneurship in Belgium.

What is the timing?
  • January 8, 2017: call open
  • February 18, 2018: call closes (at 23h59)
  • March 7, 2018: first selection by BEyond
  • March 29, 2018: pitches in front of the BEyond
  • April 19, 2018: pre bootcamp (afternoon + network)
  • April 27-29, 2018: bootcamp (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • July 3, 2018: post bootcamp (afternoon)
  • Fall 2018: pitch at international investor event
What are the selection criteria?
  • International ambition, desire to become a world leader
  • Tech* company
  • Management or company has a link with Belgium
  • Founding year of your company is 2010 or later
  • A strong, complementary team (minimum 2 people) is at the heart of your company and the management team is 100% involved
  • Product market fit reached in home market
  • Monthly recurring revenue of (min.) 15K or annual revenue of (min.) 1 million euro
  • Ready to open capital, if needed
  • Full time dedicated (founders, employees, freelancers): minimum 10 people - if you have a doubt or question concerning this criteria, please contact us

* tech = a company that creates and commercializes a proprietary product or service that rapidly scales to global proportions without linear dependence on human capital (free to: Omar Mohout)

How much time will it take?

It is difficult to express the exact amount of hours but it comes down to the following:

  • be committed to succeed and have the desire to grow internationally
  • participate in the planned sessions (FAQ: What is the timing?)
  • prepare, actively participate and to follow up on the coaching sessions with your mentor (at least half day/month)
  • be present during a 6-monthly follow-up meeting with the BEyond advisory board (preparation and presence of 1 hour per session)
What are the cost of participating?
  • Participation fee of 1500 EUR
  • Signing a BEyond contract (upon request via contact): one of the articles states that you have to be present during the planned sessions. In case of ‘no show’ you are held to reimburse the cost price of your participation in BEyond.
What differentiates BEyond form other programs?

BEyond is implemented by Belgium’s most successful entrepreneurs, with the support of a large number of international CEO’s and the participation of top Belgian and international investors.

Does BEyond ask a share in my company?

No!

BEyond’s purpose is based on the philanthropic approach of Pulse Foundation to support entrepreneurship in Belgium. At BEyond we believe that supporting Belgians most promising scale-ups contributes to strong and complementary entrepreneurial ecosystem which is necessary to ensure a healthy economy and a lasting prosperity.

What are BEyond’s expectations from the scale-ups?

At BEyond we believe in excellence. The BEyond program is a fusion of the input of the best Belgian and international professionals in thte field of acceleration of scale-ups. We ask the scale-ups to be ambitious, to make an effort, to be open minded and respect the philanthropic cause of Pulse Foundation.


2019 applications

Mentor, member of advisory board, speaker or investor

Who are the inspirators of BEyond?

On the initiative of Pulse Foundation, 6 actors supporting the Belgian economy (Agoria, Sirris, imec, EY, DataScouts and Universem) take the challenge of helping Belgium’s most promising scale-ups become world players in their sector. Pulse Foundation was able to launch BEyond with the financial support of the fonds Baillet-Latour.

Pulse Foundation is a philanthropic initiative of entrepreneurial families in Belgium who, in order to ensure the sustainability of our wealth, decided to set up a foundation to encourage and support entrepreneurship in Belgium.

What’s expected of a mentor, member of the advisory board, speaker or investor?

The mentor will accompany the scale-ups management team. He will raise doubts and push them to find the answers to questions raised in the course of international development. Optionally, he will examine the proposed options and challenge them to resolve the questions that have not been sufficiently thought through. He will bring his expertise and consult experts/directors who are qualified to answer a specific question. The mentor is an entrepreneur who has built his own company and developed it to an international level.

The advisory board accepts to reply rapidly to questions posed by the scale-up or the mentor. It is composed after the bootcamp and will meet for the first time at the start of the implementation phase, a second time after 6 months, a third time after 12 months, and a last time after 18 months.

The speaker participates in conferences essential to the international deployment of an enterprise. He will intervene in the day of preparation, the bootcamp or the day preparing for the pitch. The speaker is an entrepreneur or a CEO with international experience.

The investor will guide financially the international development of the scale-up. He could equally be speaker or member of the advisory board. A mentor could also be an investor in a scale-up registered in the program, except fot the one that he is mentoring.

What is the planning?
  • January 8, 2017: call open
  • February 18, 2018: call closes (at 23h59)
  • March 7, 2018: first selection by BEyond
  • March 29, 2018: pitches in front of the BEyond jury
  • April 19, 2018: pre bootcamp
  • April 27-29, 2018: bootcamp
  • July 3, 2018: post bootcamp
  • Fall 2018: pitch at international investor event
How much time will it take?

The mentor is active in both phases in the BEyond program.

1. Acceleration phase
At the acceleration phase, with the help of the mentor, the scale-up will develop an international development plan that is both ambitious and credible.

The participation of the mentor consists of a half day of preparation, (5-6 hours) during which he discovers the scale-ups and meets the one he will guide.

The bootcamp of 3 days (Friday-Saturday-Sunday - 30 hours, if present during whole bootcamp) after which the scale-up will develop and finalise their development plan.

A half day to prepare the post bootcamp (4-5 hours), during which the scale-up will prepare a professional presentation to international investors.

2. Implementation phase
The implementation phase covers 18 months, whose objective is to implement the development plan. For specific questions, the mentor can rely on an advisory board. The frequency of contact with the scale-up is one half day per month (4 hours).

A member of the advisory board will need to be available to answer specific questions (ad hoc). Further he/she will be part of the advisory board of BEyond for which his/her presence is asked (one hour, 4 times in 18 months’ time). The estimated duration of each meeting is an hour per scale-up.

Is there a remuneration?

The program proposes a fee of 100 €/hour for the mentor with a maximum of 4.000€ per mentor/scale-up for the acceleration phase. The remuneration for the implementation phase is maximum 7.200€ per mentor/scale-up.

For the members of the advisory board there is no remuneration foreseen. For a speaker individual arrangements will be applicable.

Can I become a mentor, member of the advisory board or speaker?

This program is for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. The mentor is an experienced entrepreneur who has founded his/her business, developed it internationally and became a major player in its sector, bringing his/her experience, expertise and network to accelerate the growth of promising scale-ups.

A member of the advisory board or speaker is an entrepreneur or a CEO with international experience.

How can I become a mentor, member of the advisory board or speaker?

If you meet the criteria (FAQ: Can I become a mentor, member of the advisory board or speaker?), you are warmly invited to contact the BEyond team.